NightPils | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: German Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
NightPils is an amped-up Imperialized Dark Lager that's black like the Winter night sky. The dark malt backbone brings notes of chocolate and dark fruits while the lager yeast provides a clean, silky finish. Like a cold chocolate milkshake at a Drive-In Double-Feature!


Added by superspak on 02-27-2018

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of iguanodon
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from the government store. Pours opaque dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel. Taste is very dry, unsweetened dark chocolate, malt, a hint of cherry. Pretty good.

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Photo of Rogerlb
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Up front, one of my favorites during winter is Lagunitas' Nighttime, their "black IPA." This is a mix with their Czech pilsner.

This seasonal limited edition pours black as night, although "thin" like soda, not like motor oil. Pillow slight khaki head with a half finger of foam that laces and doesn't quite leave, even when you're at the bottom of your pint glass. Very attractive glass of beer.

Aroma is of plummy malts, with some grapefruit/citrus rind in there. Not overly juicy hoppiness.

Taste is roasty malt with more of that hop backbone, earth, but not pine (it isn't leaning in to IPA territory, which is why Nighttime works -- roasty malt without the bitter, same here). Chocolate notes, grass, toast. Damn thing has a body of a lager!! A creamy finish which makes it almost milkshake like.

It really is like a black ipa with a brighter finish. Not as sticky at the end. I'm getting sweet tobacco aftertaste. Quite good mix/ hybrid.

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Photo of kdown
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottling code suggests this was bottled on 11/06/18

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown highlights and a big, tan, two-finger width head that holds for a good amount of time before eventually dissipating to thin, consistent layer of suds, building up around the edges. Lacing is nice, with a big sheet covering a good portion of the glass.

Smell - Mild roast, chocolate, grass and citrus hoppiness.

Taste - Roasty malts and with a hint of caramel, then the hops kick in with citrus pith and grass. Finishes much the same.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with fair, tingly carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a thin, dry finish.

Overall - Okay, I'm a bit confused. The label would suggest this is a blend of their Black IPA, NightTime, and their Czech Pils. The high ABV and IBUs would suggest that too, but no mention on their website. Regardless, it's okay. Nothing I'd be clamoring to buy again.

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Photo of stevepat
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Not really sure what style this one is supposed to be but it certainly pours a midnight black, lovely thin sandy colored head.
Nose is light and bready. Cracker notes.
The flavor is also lightly bready and crackery, some light spice like rye. There's a lingering roastiness at the tail end. There's also a building bitterness that is very vegetal. After tasting it I'm still not sure what this style is, I suppose it does come across as a pils brewed with darker and roastier malts.
Mouthfeel is quite pleasantly light, carries the flavor quite well. Perhaps the most impressive feature of this beer, there is a depth of flavor that is impressive contrasted with the lightness in the mouth.
Overall I don't really know what to make of this beer. It's nice and I really like the idea that there will be more dark lagers on the market. This one is odd though, there is a bit excessive roastiness and a strange vegetal bitterness, and it generally just seems to be trying to be to many things at once and as a result isn't really anything.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

NightPils from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 8 ratings